- Level of Instruction
- This mitten class is for motivated intermediate or advanced students. Students should be able to knit in the round, purl, decrease, and do color work.
The Sámi are Scandinavia’s indigenous people, recognized by the United Nations. Though known for colorful and family-specific gáktis (traditional garments), the penchant for bright colors extends to knitted goods as well. Join instructor Laura Ricketts, who has studied Sámi knitting traditions throughout Scandinavia, and explore the culture of the North Sámi in and around the towns of Kautokeino, Norway, and Enontekiö, Finland, while knitting a version of the classic North Sámi mitten. Students must be able to cast on, knit in the round, do colorwork, and decrease stitches, and be willing to do colorwork with three colors on the same round. The mitten is finished off with a typical Sámi braid and tassel.
With the aid of live Zoom interactions and prerecorded demonstration videos, you’ll cast on and learn about the meaningful patterning, traditional thumbs, braids and tassels, and much more of the Sámi culture and wool tradition. These mittens are approximately 4 inches [10 cm] wide and 9 ½ inches [24 cm] long after blocking, excluding the braid.
Supplies: A kit containing four balls of yarn (Rauma Finullgarn 100% Norwegian wool in red, off-white, and royal blue) and a treat (a $55 value) is included in the cost of enrollment and will be shipped to you.
You will need to provide:
- - 5 double-pointed needles, size US 0 / 2 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge
- - A scrap of smooth waste yarn for thumb
- - 2 markers
- - A tapestry needle
- - A credit card or credit card-sized piece of cardboard for making tassels.
- - A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org when you register for more information.
Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitation sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the beginning of the class.
Enrollment Deadline: December 28, 2020
Registration for this class has closed.
About the Instructor
Laura Ricketts is a knit and crochet instructor from Indiana, specializing in the knitwear of the Sámi peoples. After participating in a Nordic knitting conference, she began researching the contributions that the Sámi have made to the knitting community. She has toured the Sámi lands, visited museums and groups, and studied and written about many beautiful examples of Sámi knitting. As a former history teacher, Laura enjoys opening this world to others and has spoken or taught classes at Finnfest, Ingebretsen’s, North House Folk School, the National Nordic Museum’s Nordic Knitting Conference, American Swedish Institute, and numerous knit shops.
Learn more: Watch this video, Collections Connection: Sámi Mittens, where Laura and Vesterheim Chief Curator Laurann Gilbertson highlight Sámi mittens from Vesterheim’s collection, inspiring creativity and enhancing understanding of Sámi contributions to the knitting world.